Elivya wants what every noble son takes for granted: strength, respect, and the right to wield a blade. But duty and family have always come first, and the only way to save her House from ruin is to take her place in society. Trained in both wit and warfare, the impetuous young heiress will need every skill in her arsenal to survive King Amenon's Court.
Within the castle's marble halls, secrets are currency and new courtiers are a form of sport. Her mother's unconventional lessons keep Elivya one step ahead of the competition, but playing the game of courtship is not without its risks. Alesia's capital is full of spies, and some are playing for much higher stakes than hearts and reputations. A single misstep can destroy a noble House - or a nation.
A failed coup. A nation in turmoil. A desperate rebellion.
Broken and bitter, Elivya’s allies secret her from the enemy-infested capital city and back to her family’s province in the countryside. The rolling hills of Laezon may seem untouched by war, but those who aim to conquer her nation will not leave it that way for long. The enemy is on the march, leaving a trail of death and fear in their wake. When the untested young Queen appears on her doorstep, allies from all corners of Alesia gather to pledge their fealty, but Persica will not relinquish its hold without a fight. As the last living heir to House Lazerin, Elivya must overcome her ghosts and take up her family’s banner to defend her homeland and her people.